Arkwright & Co 5K Summer Series

These are fun and friendly 5K events that take place throughout the summer, with a different club hosting each event. Previously known as the Hockeys 5k League and the Kevin Henry 5k Series, this year the series is being sponsored by Arkwright & Co Estate Agents.

Every runner for the club scores a point, and the top five men and top five ladies for each club score additional points (see the scoring explanation below!). There is always a great atmosphere and plenty of support for nervous first timers!

The competing clubs are Cambridge & Coleridge AC (C&C), Cambridge Triathlon Club (CTC), Haverhill Running Club (HRC), Newmarket Joggers (NJ), Ely Running Club (ERC), Saffron Striders (SS), Histon & Impington Runners (HI), and Royston Running Club (RRC).

The event dates for 2023 are as follows:

  • Histon – 27th April
  • Newmarket – 8th June
  • Carver Barracks (Nr Saffron Walden) – 13th July
  • Kedington (hosted by HRC) – 3rd August
  • Ely – 17th August
  • Royston -31st August

All events start at 7.30pm, with the exception of the last race, which starts at 7pm due to failing light.

Check out the Beginners Guide

1) Every runner earns a point

No matter how fast or slow you run, you WILL score a point for the club if you complete the race. It’s simple – the more runners we have, the more points we get. This is the one competition in which every single one of us can contribute to the team score. That’s why we love it!

2) The fastest 5 ladies and 5 men from each club earn additional points

This is where we get the calculators out…our fastest runners get additional points based on their finishing positions.

The winning team gets 6 points, second 5 points and so on, its these points you see in the league table.

So that is basically how it works, but do not assume that your position doesn’t matter if you are not one of our fastest runners, because…

3) Even if you are not one of our fastest 5, you can still reduce other clubs’ scores!

Every time you pass a competitor, you are pushing them back by one place. Even if you are not in our top 5, you may be ahead of other clubs’ fastest runners!

4) Ladies can reduce men’s scores! (But not vice versa)

The men’s competition is calculated using their OVERALL placing, whereas the female competition is based on GENDER position. This means that if our fastest ladies are able to get ahead of other clubs’ fastest 6 men we can help the men by depriving the other clubs of points.

That’s it, easy! But if ever in doubt, just run as fast as you can!

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible for the series!!